Press Releases

2014 Press Releases

d.light Reaches 500,000th Pay-As-You-Go Customer, Launches Access Initiative (Jul 22,2014)

Company announces strategic focus to scale solar through financing globally   

d.light Hits 125,000 Solar Home Systems Milestone (May 8,2014)

Company leads industry in sales of upgradeable, maintenance-free, easy-to-install solar in developing world  

d.light Leaders Named 2014 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year (Mar 24,2014)

Schwab Foundation award highlights global impact and innovation of social enterprises   

d.light Announces $11 Million Series C Financing, Expands Board of Directors (Feb 25,2014)

Growth financing led by DFJ and Omidyar Network, including participation from all existing investors   

2013 Press Releases

d.light Adds Al Wood, Tech Industry Veteran, as CFO (October 1, 2013)

Former CFO of Tapjoy joins executive team to accelerate growth 

d.light Launches Next Generation of Longer-Lasting, Maintenance-Free Solar Lanterns for Off-Grid Households (Jan 24,2013)

Distribution Partners Provide Solar Lighting to 7,000 Off-Grid Households 

d.light Wins $1.5M Zayed Future Energy Prize (Jan 15,2013)

The world’s largest renewable energy prize 

2012 Press Releases

d.light Celebrates Ten Million Lives Empowered Through Solar Lighting (Nov 12,2012)

Social Enterprise Improving Lives of BOP Households in Over 40 Countries Worldwide  

2011 Press Releases

d.light Launches Ultra-Affordable Solar Lantern for Emerging Markets (May 18,2011)

Under USD8 Product will Promote Educational Aspirations for Millions   

d.light Products Support Development in Afghanistan (Apr 26,2011)

Distribution Partners Provide Solar Lighting to 7,000 Off-Grid Households 

d.light Donn Tice as Chief Executive Officer to Lead Social Enterprise’s Next Stage of High Growth (Mar 31,2011)

Social Enterprise Accelerating Effort to Reach 1.6 Billion without Electricity  

Total Cameroon and d.light Launch Countrywide Marketing & Distribution (Jan 1,2011)

Solar-Powered Lanterns and Mobile Chargers Now Available in all Total Stations  

2010 Press Releases

d.light Launches Second-Generation Solar-Powered Lanterns (Nov 22,2010)

Updated Products Feature Higher-Performing LED and Battery Technology 

d.light Celebrates Two Million Lives Impacted Through Solar Lighting (Nov 16,2010)

Social Enterprise Improving Lives of BOP Households in Over 40 Countries Worldwide 

Solar-Powered Lamp Selected as 100th Object in History of the World (Oct 15, 2010)

Chosen to Represent Ingenuity and Challenges Shaping Humanity in 21st Century 

d.light Selected as Global Cleantech 100 Winner for Second Consecutive Year (Oct 13, 2010)

Recognition for Most Promising Private Cleantech Companies Worldwide 

d.light design Closes $5.5M Series B Financing (Jun 24,2010)

New Investor Omidyar Network Leads Round, Jayant Sinha Joins Board 

d.light Celebrates One Million Lives Impacted Through Solar Lighting (Mar 15, 2010)

Social Enterprise Sells Hundreds of Thousands to Households in Over 30 Countries 

d.light Kiran Receives Prestigious International Design Awards (Mar 11,2010)

One-of-a-Kind Solar Lantern Given Top Accolades from Design Week and Spark Awards 

d.light CEO Selected as World Economic Forum 2010 Young Global Leader (Mar 5, 2010)

Sam Goldman Joins Prestigious Group of Young Visionary Leaders from Around Globe 

d.light Provides Solar Lanterns for Haiti Earthquake Relief (Mar 3, 2010)

Social Enterprise Partners with Aid Agencies to Send over 35,000 Solar Lamps for Relief 

d.light design Opens Office in Hong Kong for International Sales and Product Design (Jan 25, 2010)

Social Enterprise Expands into Internationally Recognized Economic Center 

2009 Press Releases

d.light Receives UNFCCC Approval for Ground-Breaking Carbon Offset Project (Dec 16, 2009)

Approval Marks One of the First Times Portable Solar Lanterns Will Generate Carbon Credits  

d.light and Femina HIP Donate 300 Solar Lamps to Schools in Tanzania (Dec 4, 2009)

Donation is  Kick-Off to Nationwide “Right to Safe Light” Campaign for Schoolchildren  

d.light Launches World’s Most Affordable Quality Lantern (Oct 21, 2009)

“Kerosene-Killing” Solar Product Retails at USD 10 in Off-Grid Markets Around the World  

d.light Co-founders Selected as Global Cleantech 100  Winners (Oct 9, 2009)

Award Honors the Next Generation of Socially Responsible Business and Nonprofit Leaders  

ONE Foundation and d.light design Jointly Launch Pilot Project: “Delivering Brightness, Lighting Up Hope” (Sep 2, 2009)

Program to Train Rural Poor to Use Indoor Solar Lanterns  

d.light design and Shell Foundation Join Forces to Provide Clean Affordable Light to Rural Households In India (Jun 3, 2009)

Campaign Rolled Out in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh   

d.light design Launches Solar-Powered Mobile-Charging Product  (Mar 23, 2009)

Innovative Product Recharges Mobile Phones and Provides Hours of Bright Light  

Beyond Solar and d.light design Partner to Bring Solar Lighting to Rural India (Mar 4, 2009)

Joint Effort Increases Affordability through Financing Programs & Fundraising  

d.light design Opens East Africa Regional Sales Office (Feb 4, 2009)

Social Enterprise Expands to New Market of 150 M Off-Grid Customers  

d.light design Launches Fellows Program (Jan 15, 2009)

Talented Professionals Sought for Unique Social Enterprise Experience  

2008 Press Releases

d.light design Receives $6M in Series A Financing (Nov 6,2008)

Indian and Silicon Valley Venture Capital Firms and Social Funds Support Innovative Social Enterprise   

d.light design Partners with Clinton Global Initiative (Sep 26,2008)

Partnership Established to Rebuild Haiti by Providing Life-Changing Light  

d.light design Selected by AlwaysOn as a GoingGreen Top 100 Winner (Sep 4,2008)

Recognized for innovative green technology and market value  

d.light design Selected by AlwaysOn as an AO Global 250 Winner (Jul 18,2008)

Recognized for world-changing technology and market value   

d.light design Launches Revolutionary LED & CFL Lighting Products (Jun 16,2008)

Affordable, Energy-Efficient Light for “Base of the Pyramid”  Customers   

2007 Press Releases

d.light design Sweeps Local Business Plan Competitions (Jun 4,2007)

Social Venture Working to Make Kerosene Lanterns History Wins $275,000 in One Week